Mother and Dorothy’s House For Sale Here in Sherman

I saw our realtor, Evan Martin, a few days back, a smart young man who also happens to be the son of my mother’s secretary for many years at Psychological Counseling Services, the private practice Mom ran with her partner, Dorothy LeMole.  Mom and Dorothy met in graduate school when they were both getting their…

A Bit of Art Today in Fort Worth

Here are some portraits photographed by Richard Avedon that are currently on display at the Amon Carter Art Museum in Fort Worth. Avedon was commissioned by the art museum in 1979 to take photographs that represented the “American West.” The photos he brought back were not exactly what the museum brass had expected and when…

Today at Home in Texas

I am sitting in a quiet house and can hear the train whistle off in the distance.  It is 11:23 pm and we’ve had a long but good day.  We just returned from a party at the home of our friends Darrah Dunn and Shann Schubert.  There we saw old friends and also one new…

Congratulations on Fabulous Colleges for Several of My Writing Students!

Here is the growing list of final college choices for several of my writing students.  Congratulations to you all.  What an absolute pleasure to work with each of you! William Lancaster, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts Alexa Nourafchan – University of Pennsylvania Eli Aminpour, UCLA Lily Massee, Sarah Lawrence Josh Fouladian, UCLA Alyssa Hance,…

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mother’s birthday.  She was born in 1918 and died in 2000.  Here are a few things that come to mind to commemorate her day. My mother: Earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at age 53 and then went on to practice and teach until she was 82. Was married for 32 years to…

Final Hours of Cross-Country Trek

We have been driving since 6:30 this morning. It is now 10:55 pm. We have another hour to go before we arrive at our Texas home. We started yesterday at two pm. We had planned to leave at noon, which would have sped up getting out of LA. As it was, we added another hour…

On the Road

11:05 pm Just arrived in Williams, AZ.  Windy and cold outside.  Too chilly for the shorts I was wearing while walking the dogs. Resting up for an early morning drive eastward. Ray and the dogs are already asleep. I better join them since I’m the primary driver.  We need me rested for this long trek….

Wrapped in Love as MC Today at St. Thomas the Apostle

Today I was Master of Ceremonies at the 10:30 Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood, which means that I was responsible for making sure that everything and everybody (acolytes and clergy) were where they were supposed to be during the service.  This is the hardest position as an acolyte because you have to know…

Reflections on Grandparenthood

Our grandkids are visiting.  Here we are in the backyard for some play time and then on a walk around the block with the dogs.  Nico had to take a rest on the walk.  I guess those little 15-month-old legs get a little tired always running and climbing. It occurred to me today that I…

Up in Ojai

Ray and I are up in Ojai for the night. We have some work to attend to here tomorrow so it will be nice to wake up surrounded by oranges trees.  The dogs are with us. They, of course, think it is a grand idea that we are here.  The sky is clear tonight and…